Governor Sir Richard Everard's Executive Council

Dates: 1725 to 1731

Locations Met: See Below

On April 17, 1725, the Lords Proprietors issued a commission and instructions to Sir Richard Everard as the next governor of North Carolina. In these instructions, they named the twelve (12) members of the Executive Council:
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- Francis Foster
- Richard Sanderson
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Lovick
- John Blount
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Robert West
- John Palin
- Henry Clayton

On July 17, 1725, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- Francis Foster
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Lovick
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- John Palin
- Henry Clayton

Reed, Gale, Foster, Pollock Jr., Lovick, Moseley, Harvey, Palin, and Clayton were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

Sir Richard Everard, Baronet presented his commission and instructions, took the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council.

John Blount was appointed a member of the Executive Council and he took the oaths of office.

William Little presented his new commission as Attorney General and took the oaths of office.

Robert Route presented his commission as Provost Marshal and took the oaths of office.

Christopher Gale presented his new commission as Collector of Customs for the port of Roanoke and took the oaths of office. He is also commissioned as Chief Justice again, and took the oaths of office.

The Executive Council appointed two Assistant Justices - Edmund Gale and Cullen Pollock.

Governor Richard Everard issued a proclamation to dissolve the current General Assembly.

On July 20, 1725, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- John Lovick
- John Blount
- Edward Moseley
- John Palin
- Henry Clayton

Reed, Gale, Lovick, Blount, Moseley, Palin, and Clayton were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

Due to new Indian troubles, the Executive Council ordered Col. Robert West to raise men in order to secure the inhabitants of the province.

On July 29th (Thursday), July 30th (Friday), and July 31st (Saturday) of 1725, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- William Reed
- Christophter Gale
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Lovick
- John Blount
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Henry Clayton

Reed, Gale, Pollock Jr., Lovick, Blount, Moseley, Harvey, and Clayton were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

On 7/29, Richard Sanderson appeared and retook the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council.

On 7/30, Maj. John Alston was appointed as an Assistant Justice in place of Cullen Pollock, who had resigned.

This Executive Council discussed recent Indian troubles, then focused on Land Patent and Land Warrant issues. These land issues, plus re-surveys due to earlier errors take up most of the time for the Executive Council meetings.

On August 3, 1725, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- Christopher Gale
- Richard Sanderson
- John Lovick
- Thomas Harvey
- Henry Clayton

Gale, Sanderson, Lovick, Harvey, and Clayton were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

Robert West appeared and retook the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council.

This Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for Bertie, Beaufort, and Hyde precincts.

On August 25, 1725, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- Christopher Gale
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Lovick
- Robert West
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Henry Clayton

Gale, Pollock Jr., Lovick, West, Moseley, Harvey, and Clayton were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

More Indian troubles. Again, Col. Robert West was ordered to select men to deal with the Indians.

On October 5th (Tuesday) and October 6th (Wednesday) of 1725, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- Francis Foster
- Richard Sanderson
- John Lovick
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- John Palin
- Henry Clayton

Reed, Gale, Foster, Sanderson, Lovick, Moseley, Harvey, Palin, and Clayton were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

Edward Moseley was appointed as Judge of the Court of Admiralty.

The Governor and Executive Council ordered that the General Assembly be prorogued until next April.

From October 28 to October 31, 1725, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Lovick
- John Blount
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- John Palin
- Henry Clayton

Richard Sanderson arrived late - on October 31st.

Reed, Gale, Sanderson, Pollock Jr., Lovick, Blount, Moseley, Harvey, Palin, and Clayton were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

Several wills were disputed and many Land Patent/Land Warrant issues were addressed.

On January 19, 1725/26, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- Christopher Gale
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Lovick
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Robert West

Gale, Pollock Jr., Lovick, Moseley, Harvey, and West were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

Gov. Sir Richard Everard announced that Arthur Goffe has departed the province "without leave." He appointed William Little as Receiver General in his place.

On March 31st (Thursday) and April 1st (Friday) of 1726, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- Francis Foster
- Richard Sanderson
- John Lovick
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- John Palin

Reed, Gale, Foster, Sanderson, Lovick, Moseley, Harvey, and Palin were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

It was announced that Henry Clayton was now deceased. Edmund Gale was appointed to replace him. He took the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council.

On April 14, 1726, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- Richard Sanderson
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Lovick
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Edmund Gale

Reed, C. Gale, Sanderson, Pollock Jr., Lovick, Moseley, Harvey, and E. Gale were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for Bertie and Craven precincts.

On July 28th (Thursday), August 1st (Monday), and August 3rd (Wednesday) of 1726, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- Richard Sanderson
- John Lovick
- Robert West
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- John Palin
- Edmund Gale

Reed, C. Gale, Sanderson, Lovick, Moseley, Harvey, Palin, and E. Gale were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

It was announced that John Blount was now deceased. John Worley was appointed to replace him. He took the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for many precincts.

The Governor ordered the sitting General Assembly to dissolve.

On August 25th (Thursday) and August 26th (Friday) of 1726, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- Christopher Gale
- Francis Foster
- John Lovick
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Edmund Gale
- John Worley

C. Gale, Foster, Lovick, Moseley, Harvey, E. Gale, and Worley were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

Records assert that a Meherrin Indian murdered an English woman, not named.

On October 27th (Thursday), October 28th (Friday), and November 1st (Tuesday) of 1726, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- Richard Sanderson
- John Lovick
- Robert West
- Edward Moseley
- John Palin
- Edmund Gale

Reed, C. Gale, Sanderson, Lovick, West, Moseley, Palin, and E. Gale were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

This Executive Council almost exclusively addressed new petitions for Land Patents and other Land issues.

On April 3, 1727, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- Richard Sanderson
- John Lovick
- Edward Moseley
- John Palin
- Edmund Gale
- John Worley

Reed, C. Gale, Sanderson, Lovick, Moseley, Palin, E. Gale, and Worley were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

This Executive Council almost exclusively addressed new petitions for Land Patents and other Land issues.

On May 2, 1727, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- Christopher Gale
- Francis Foster
- Richard Sanderson
- John Lovick
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Edmund Gale
- John Worley

C. Gale, Foster, Sanderson, Lovick, Moseley, Harvey, E. Gale, and Worley were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed new civil officers for many precincts.

On July 18, 1727, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- Christopher Gale
- Francis Foster
- John Lovick
- Robert West
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Edmund Gale
- John Worley

C. Gale, Foster, Lovick, West Moseley, Harvey, E. Gale, and Worley were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

Several men were accused of robbery and other felonies.

On July 31st (Monday) and August 1st (Tuesday) of 1727, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- Richard Sanderson
- John Lovick
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Edmund Gale
- John Worley

Reed, C. Gale, Sanderson, Lovick, Moseley, Harvey, E. Gale, and Worley were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

A disputed will and petitions for Land Patents took up most of this Executive Council's time.

On November 8, 1727, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- Richard Sanderson
- John Lovick
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Edmund Gale
- John Worley

Pollock Jr., Sanderson, Lovick, Moseley, Harvey, E. Gale, and Worley were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

Petitions for new Land Patents, other Land issues, and the NC/VA boundary dispute were addressed.

On February 21, 1727/28, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- Richard Sanderson
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Lovick
- Edward Moseley
- John Palin
- Edmund Gale
- John Worley

Reed, C. Gale, Sanderson, Pollock Jr., Lovick, Moseley, Palin, E. Gale, and Worley were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

Petitions for new Land Patents and other Land issues were addressed.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed Commissioners to survey the NC/VA state line. These were:
- Christopher Gale
- Edward Moseley
- John Lovick
- William Little

The Governor then prorogued the sitting General Assembly until November.

On April 22, 1728, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- Christopher Gale
- Francis Foster
- John Lovick
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Edmund Gale

C. Gale, Foster, Lovick, Moseley, Harvey, Harvey, and E. Gale were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

The Commissioners who led the NC/VA state line survey reported on their efforts.

On May 27th (Monday) and May 28th (Tuesday) of 1728, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- Francis Foster
- Richard Sanderson
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Lovick
- Robert West
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Edmund Gale
- John Worley

Reed, C. Gale, Foster, Sanderson, Pollock Jr., Lovick, West, Moseley, Harvey, E. Gale, and Worley were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

Petitions for new Land Patents and other Land issues were addressed.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed new civil officers in several precincts.

On August 5th (Monday) and August 6th (Tuesday) of 1728, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- Christopher Gale
- Richard Sanderson
- John Lovick
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Edmund Gale
- John Worley

C. Gale, Sanderson, Lovick, Moseley, Harvey, E. Gale, and Worley were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

Petitions for new Land Patents and other Land issues were addressed.

The Governor and Exectuive Council appointed new civil officers in several precincts.

On November 3, 1728, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Sir Richard Everard
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Lovick
- Robert West
- Edward Moseley
- Thomas Harvey
- Edmund Gale
- John Worley

Reed, C. Gale, Pollock Jr., Lovick, West, Moseley, Harvey, E. Gale, and Worley were identified as Members of the Executive Council.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed new civil officers in several precincts and changed the dates for when precinct courts were to be held. They then voided all lawsuits against George Burrington, Cornelius Harnett, William Lewis Jr., Thomas Oldner, Edmund Porter, Thomas Blount, and William Arkill.

Gov. Sir Richard Everard prorogued the current General Assembly until next April.

On December 12, 1728, the Executive Council sent a letter to the Crown thanking the Crown for taking over North Carolina and accusing Gov. Sir Richard Everard of abuses. This letter was signed:
- William Reed
- Christopher Gale
- Francis Foster
- Richard Sanderson
- Thomas Pollock, Jr.
- John Lovick
- Robert West
- Thomas Harvey
- John Palin
- Edmund Gale
- John Worley
On March 21, 1729, Gov. Sir Richard Everard addressed the Executive Council and lambasted them for their letter to the Crown (see directly above). He informs them that the Crown is, in fact, taking over North Carolina, as they expected. He then appointed William Williams as Provost Marshal since Robert Route has left the province. The Executive Council is not known to have convened during the next almost two years until George Burrington was sworn in as the first Royal Governor of North Carolina.
On November 30, 1730, the Crown appointed Nathaniel Rice as Secretary of North Carolina and Clerk of the Crown. They also appointed John Montgomery as Attorney General and William Smith as Chief Justice.
If more information comes available it will be added herein.

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